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Inverness window firm bosses in isolation after positive Covid test


By Calum MacLeod

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Cairngorm Group managing director David Dowling (centre) with sons Scott and Chris.
Cairngorm Group managing director David Dowling (centre) with sons Scott and Chris.

The senior management team at one of the biggest companies in the Highlands has had to go into self-isolation after one of them tested positive for Covid-19.

Seven members of the Cairngorm Group, including MD David Dowling and director sons Chris and Scott, are at home in quarantine after a colleague became ill.

He was tested on Monday and coronavirus was confirmed on Tuesday leading to his isolation and that of six colleagues including three directors and three staff in the accounts department.

The office on the Longman industrial estate in Inverness was immediately subjected to deep cleaning but is now open again.

Chris Dowling said: “Our message is very much that it is business as usual at the Cairngorm Group, with the isolated team members working from home. We are fortunate that 25 per cent of our staff have been here for over 25 years each, so we have strength in depth.

“The colleague who became ill told me it felt just like a bad cold but he seemed in good spirits. He decided to be tested and it came back positive on Tuesday. He has no idea where he contracted the virus. He’s not been away anywhere, and no other staff or family members have shown symptoms.

“None of the office team isolating have face to face contact with customers. On hearing the test was positive we immediately contacted both the Highland Council environmental health department and NHS Highland to seek their advice on what we should do.

“We will continue to follow all the relevant guidance and protocols as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.”

He added that when the pandemic started they invested in a £3000 thermal camera to screen everyone coming into the building, and in addition they have big glass screens between desks and hand sanitising gel everywhere.

Ironically, the company has been supplying Covid protection screens to other businesses.

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